Few point guards in the nation are as effective at facilitating their team’s offense as Boston University’s Maurice Watson, Jr. After an eight-assist performance in Wednesday’s 61-48 victory at Navy, helping the Terriers maintain their second-place position in the Patriot League, Watson has set up 48 percent of his teammates’ baskets while on the court, per Ken Pomeroy — the second-best assist rate in the nation. (Only LIU Brooklyn’s Jason Brickman rates better, with an assist rate of 54 percent.)
Which Terriers benefit the most from Watson’s passes? Take a look at this chart (inspired by Luke Winn’s weekly power rankings):
As we saw in an earlier breakdown, lots of Watson’s passes go to outside shooters; more than half of his assists have come on three-point attempts, including the vast majority of feeds to Papale, Irving, Robinson and Hankerson. As a result, Watson’s 6.7 assists per game turn into 16.8 points, on top of the team-high 13.8 he averages on his own.